Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange

Location of apprenticeship site: Long Island City, Queens and Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Name and title of supervisor: Melissa Kuzoian, CFO

Supervisor Phone Number: 860-906-8092

Supervisor Email: melissa@brooklyngrangefarm.com

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site: 2

Title of apprenticeship position(s): Farm Crew Member

Have you had a Farm School NYC Apprentice in the past? Yes, Claire Turner

Is your site accessible via NYC public transportation (i.e. train or bus)?

Queens Location: R or M train to 36th St Stop in Queens, building is right upstairs (37-18 Northern Blvd)

Brooklyn location: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a 15 minute walk from the A/C train at High Street or F train at York Street, or G train at Clinton Washington. Also bus service: B57, B62, B69, B67. Folks can enter through the Clinton gate and we are on Building 3.

Why do you want to work with a Farm School NYC apprentice?

Farm School is an important resource for those interested NYC urban ag, and we want to be a part of it!

If your site is not selected by a Farm School NYC student, would you like to make your apprenticeship available to the public? No

Apprentice Work Schedule

Number of hours per week: 8-25

Number of Hours Total: 200-600

Does your apprenticeship have a specific start and end date?

Yes, April through October

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule with specific days and times? No

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule that is flexible / are you willing to wait and create a schedule that works for the apprentice? Yes

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend?

Yes, $13/hr

Apprenticeship Description

Please check all of the following categories that apply to this apprenticeship:

  • Crop Production
  • Enterprise

Please describe the apprenticeship responsibilities and tasks. Please specify if the apprentice will have a specific project or whether they will be involved with general operations.

General vegetable production farm work, including preparing soil, planting, weeding, harvesting, tilling, work with irrigation, etc.

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

How a vegetable farm business operates on a daily basis.

Supervisor & Site Details

How does your farm/project reflect the following Farm School NYC vision: “Farm School NYC aims to increase the self-reliance of communities and inspire positive local action around issues of food access and social, economic and racial justice”?

We are a small farm based in NYC and we're working to establish urban agriculture as a self-sustaining and job-creating industry.

What experience and knowledge will you (the Supervisor) share with the apprentice?

All of our farmers

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

it's a commercial farm, on a roof!

Please describe how the work of your site is rooted in or connected to New York City:

Both of our sites are in NYC, and all of our vegetables are sold to NYC individuals & businesses

Does your site work with low-income populations?

Yes, we partner with City Growers, a nonprofit that serves many Title I schools

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of: (please check all that apply): *

Vegetables, herbs

If your site is a farm, garden, or other crop propagation site, please check all that apply:

Organic but not certified

Does your site employ any non-organic farming practices (i.e. pesticides, fertilizers)?

No

Apprentice Requirements

What qualifications, skills, and experience do you WANT in your Farm School NYC student? *

Basic experience working with plants, enthusiasm, not afraid of manual labor in all weather

What qualifications, skills, and experience do you REQUIRE in your Farm School NYC student? *

None, just energy and a good attitude

Which of the following courses are necessary prerequisites for your apprenticeship? Please check all that apply:

  • Growing Soil
  • Crop Planning
  • Small Farm Planning and Design

If a Farm School NYC student is interested in your apprenticeship, what type of application materials do you want from them (please check all that apply)? 

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Interview

Please explain:

All interested apprentices will follow the same application process as our non-farm school applicants - submit a cover letter and resume, and interviews will be scheduled after review.